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MASON CITY | The Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery continues planning for this year’s History Walk which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30.

The theme for this year’s event is “Celebrating 150 Years of Service to the Community” and will feature people that guided the cemetery through the first 100 years.

Volunteers interested in getting involved in the production are encouraged to attend the next planning session on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. on the cemetery grounds.

The afternoon walk will portray the lives of these early pioneers and citizens:

Irving & Jennie Card, Irving, 1834-1887, the first president of the Mason City Cemetery Association; Jennie, 1836-1902, was involved in the Ladies Cemetery Improvement Society.

Ralph Stanbery, 1881-1957, a prominent attorney, served as the Secretary of the Mason City Cemetery Association from 1911-1957.

Mary Knapp,1851-1918, and Nettie Cadwell 1845-1921, Knapp served as the vice president of the Cemetery Association and Cadwell was active in the Ladies Cemetery Improvement Society.

Carl Parker, 1873-1961, Vice President of First National Bank and President of Mason City Cemetery Association when the city was first approached to take ownership of cemetery.

Monsignor P.S. O’Connor, 1863-1945, came to Mason City in 1918 and enjoyed a prominent religious and civic life.

Guy Zach, 1918-1971, First manager of Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery. under City ownership and oversaw the development and expansion of the grounds for over 20 years.

The evening stroll will highlight the lives of:

Daniel Durkin, 1879-1956, Caretaker of the grounds for 41 years, burying over 7,000 people.

Frank Sheffler, 1885-1939, Salesman for cemetery.

Benjamin Randall, 1837-1920, First undertaker in Mason City.

Willie Doolittle, 1859-1867, Believed to be first buried in cemetery.

Anyone with information about these people is asked to contact the cemetery.

Volunteers are needed as tour guides, actors, researching, ticket sales, publicity, refreshments and set up. Actors and actresses are especially needed. Those interested in helping but who cannot make the meeting, are asked to contact Randy Opheim at 641-512-0956 or


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